A weekly post where I can brag about my new books? Yes please. Granted I definitely won’t have something to post every week, I’ll just do it as required. I will be including everything from my purchases, to NetGalley, gifts and books from authors.
For more information head over to Tynga’s reviews.
I thought this week I would only focus on my recent NetGalley acquisitions. I’ve been in such a slump, that nothing I own is calling my name so I have turned to NetGalley for some more middle grade goodness and and a couple of others that tickled my fancy.
Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman – Released 6th October 2020
Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? With Maria Owens, in the 1600s, when she’s abandoned in a snowy field in rural England as a baby. Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the “Unnamed Arts.” Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back.
When Maria is abandoned by the man who has declared his love for her, she follows him to Salem, Massachusetts. Here she invokes the curse that will haunt her family. And it’s here that she learns the rules of magic and the lesson that she will carry with her for the rest of her life. Love is the only thing that matters.
The Secret of Star Whales by Rebecca Thorne – Released 27th October 2020
On the small space station Azura, Maxion Belmont is constantly torn between his two passions—engineering and music. Both are hobbies handed down from his father, which is bittersweet since his death two years ago. While his hydrodriver is great for repairing starship parts, his father’s old string instrument tugs at the latent grief Max hides from his mom and classmates with each chord he strums.
When a foreign starship appears on the horizon, Azura welcomes their first tourist in years. Enter Mr. Hames, starship captain and space-brained traveler. But there’s something weird about the stranger-turned-substitute teacher. He has no idea how to teach and thinks enlisting a group of twelve-year-olds to become his starship “crew” is totally normal. Or maybe it’s the fact he keeps raving about the existence of alien creatures in the vacuum of space: star whales.
As Max and the rest of Mr. Hames’s class/crew uncover the mysteries of the star whales, they discover they aren’t the only ones looking for the elusive creatures—and not every whaler has good intentions. Confronted with questions about his own father’s history with the star whales, Max must decide how far he’ll go to understand not only his father, but also the boy he’s become since his death . . . even at the expense of the star whales themselves.
What Makes a Witch by Linnea Capps – Released 18th August 2020
Greer is a young rat thrown to a cruel world. Living on the streets, he finds sanctuary with Mistress Addison, a witch and enemy of the Grand Coven. Though only women can control the power of the ley lines, Mistress Addison defies those rules and agrees to take the young rat on as her apprentice. Starting his journey, Greer finds himself learning for more about his own identity than how to cast spells.
Hex: The Apprentice by Fran Hodgkins – Released 1st November 2019
Robin West is a normal teenager living in a normal town, but when she finds out that Gram Madder makes hexes, her life gets far more complicated than she ever expected. What is a hex? It’s a painting that has the power to make things happen–or to stop things from happening. At least that’s what some people in town believe. Targeted by intolerant neighbors, Robin must protect herself and her loved ones from a force greater than she could have ever imagined.
Junker Blues: Mars by Lon E. Varnadore – Released 1st June 2020
Marcus Redding is a junkologist, living on the boundary between the Belt and Mars, hunting for tech from ships of the Pre-Crawl days. Harboring a secret and a chip on his shoulder the size of Deimos, he prefers to be alone. Yet, with his new partner, Lashiel, an Ilas hybrid, he has found something that will make him very rich, or make him very dead.Pursued by gangsters who want their cut, the Martian Defense Force, and an alien race that has meddled with human affairs for far too long; Marcus finds himself in a race against time, the elements, and a plethora of enemies to save the two-person crew of the Junker Blues.
Have you read any of these? Are you planning to? Also how gorgeous is the cover of The Secret of the Star Whales?